Written by Adam Freed | March 13th, 2014
What are the challenges and solutions being used in cities to address water risks? A recent event bringing 300 leaders from more than 60 global cities offers a revealing snapshot, Conservancy blogger Adam Freed reports.
Written by Mark Tercek | February 25th, 2014
What’s Elizabeth Kolbert’s favorite endangered species? Read her interview with Mark Tercek about her book The Sixth Extinction.
Written by McKenzie Jones | January 29th, 2014
Super Bowl sustainability, veggie vending machines, and the largest solar bridge ever in today’s green news.
- A Super Bowl first: Food scraps will be collected and composted at this year’s game! (Mother Nature Network)
- Farmer’s Fridge, a vegetable vending machine company, is launching in Chicago, hoping to encourage more healthy eating by making it more convenient. (Modern Farmer)
- London’s Blackfriars Bridge, which extends across the River Thames, has been covered in solar panels and will now provide up to half of the energy for London Blackfriars station, cutting its carbon emissions by 511 tons per year. (Business Green)
Written by Adam Bloom | January 28th, 2014
In today’s green news, a glimpse into ancient forest management and bad news for the big fish and the small fish.
- Warmer seas are causing species of fish to mature earlier, stunting their maximum length by up to 29% in the North Sea (The Guardian)
- Indigenous peoples have been carefully managed the rainforests of Asia for 11,000 years by seamlessly clearing pockets of vegetation for agriculture, new findings reveal. (Mongabay)
- A large shark was killed off the coast of Western Australia, the first to be connected to a new shark cull that was put into place to prevent human fatalities. (CNN)
Written by McKenzie Jones | January 27th, 2014
States as trustees of the atmosphere, an exploding cow sitcom, and climate change heats up at Davos in today’s green news.
- First case of its kind: Courts will determine whether or not, by repealing greenhouse gas regulations, the state of New Mexico has violated its public trust duty to protect the state’s atmosphere. (Los Angeles Times)
- A new four-episode Hulu sitcom produced by Chipotle, “Farmed and Dangerous,” will seek to educate consumers about factory farming using satire. The series will premier February 17th. (Mother Nature Network)
- Leaders in Davos last week stressed the need for a global re-commitment to curbing climate change, focusing on the economic and humanitarian risks of inaction. (The Globe and Mail)
Written by McKenzie Jones | January 15th, 2014
Climate change illustrated haiku, exponential tree growth, and disappearing sea cows–all in today’s green news.
- A scientist uses very creative means to communicate the main points of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. (Sightline Daily)
- A study in California finds that trees’ growth rates actually increase over their lifetime. What are the implications in terms of the techniques we use to capture carbon using forests? (The Guardian)
- The manatee–an animal with no natural predators–has virtually disappeared from Florida coasts. Scientists seek to solve this mystery. (Earth Island Journal)
Written by Mark Tercek | January 15th, 2014
A new song for the environmental movement? CEO Mark Tercek talks with journalist—and musician—Andy Revkin.
Written by Adam Bloom | January 14th, 2014
Written by McKenzie Jones | January 13th, 2014
Saving the radioactive cows, West Virginians soon to have clean water restored, and an attitude adjustment re: urban biodiversity in today’s green news.
- “Let the Cows of Hope Live!” is the call of a rancher seeking to save cows turned radioactive after the Fukushima power plant disaster. (NY Times)
- A West Virginia chemical spill, which left many residents without access to clean running water for five days, is thankfully nearing its end. (Huffington Post)
- Have US cities woken up to the value of urban wildlife? Some say the changes taking place look like the start of an urban biodiversity movement. (Yale Environment 360)
Written by McKenzie Jones | January 9th, 2014
A lake dries up overnight, British factory workers might start to work the night shift, and environmental standards are catching on in Asia in today’s green news.
- Patagonian glaciers are losing mass faster and for longer periods than glaciers in any other part of the world. So much so that Lake Cachet II literally dried up over night. (Huffington Post)
- The wind blows all night, so British factory workers will work all night. Want to understand that logic? (The Telegraph)
- Factories in Asia are starting to see the sense and savings in environmental standards. (The New York Times)